Struggling without the salon? Lockdown life is tough for everyone – and, with all that hand-washing, our nails are desperately in need of some TLC.
Right now, self-care is more vital than ever. We all deserve a little pampering, and it’s often the small things that can really make a difference.
Even though you’re stuck at home, it’s important to maintain a regular manicure routine to keep your nails healthy and strong. So, while your social life is on hold, it’s the perfect opportunity to ‘Stay In, Skill Up!’ and learn how to create the perfect gel manicure at home.
You’ll be amazed how easy it is to create a gorgeously glossy manicure that lasts for up to two weeks – without smudges, chips or nicks – in the comfort of your own home. Best of all, you can even stay in your PJs!
So, pop the kettle on and get ready to take your nails from basic to boujee with these 7 simple steps:
1. The Cuticles
After washing your hands, spray Mylee Prep & Wipe over the nails and thoroughly cleanse with a lint-free wipe. Using the Mylee Cuticle Pusher, or a wood cuticle stick, softly push back the cuticles using a gentle downward motion (take care not to push too hard!) For a neat and tidy result, use the pointed end to scrape away excess cuticle from the nail plate. Don’t be tempted to skip this step, as it’s the key to making sure your polish really lasts!
Use a nail file (we love this Crystal File) to smooth and contour your nails into the perfect shape. From squoval to stiletto, a professional file makes it easy to achieve a salon-style result. For a super smooth finish, don’t forget to seal off (aka ‘bevel’) your nails by gently filing the edges downwards at a 45° angle, then brush away any excess dust.
Just as you’d sand down a chest of drawers before painting them, you need to prep and buff your nails before you even think about opening that bottle of polish. Use the Mylee 3-Way Buffing Block to lightly buff your nails all over, making sure not to miss the sides and corners. This removes natural shine to ensure the gel adheres properly to your nails.
Wipe over your nails again with Mylee Prep & Wipe to remove excess oils and scrub away all traces of dust. Always use a lint-free wipe, as cotton wool will inevitably leave pesky traces that spoil the flawless finish of your glossy gel. Once prepped, apply a thin layer of Mylee Base Coat – making sure to cap the edges – and cure for 30 seconds in your Mylee Pro Convex Curing Lamp.
Now that your base coat is cured, it’s time to have some fun with colour! Right now, we’re loving Dragon Fruit – a bright and bold neon pink from the new Electric Pastels gel polish collection. Apply a thin layer of colour, leaving a small gap along the cuticle. Seal the edges and cure for 30 seconds. Repeat with a second layer to build up the colour.
Almost there! After curing the colour, it’s time to apply your glossy top coat. Again, make sure to apply in a thin layer, taking care to cap all edges of the nails. Smooth over, then cure for 30 seconds in your Mylee lamp. Once cured, take a lint-free wipe and rub Mylee Prep & Wipe over the nails to remove the sticky layer. Ta-dah! Instantly dry, super glossy nails!
For a salon-perfect finish, massage a few drops of Mylee Apricot Cuticle Oil around the nails and cuticles. This nourishing oil softens the skin, keeps nails healthy and prevents them from drying out – something that’s particularly helpful now that we’re washing our hands more than usual. Apply 2-3 times a day to keep your manicure looking fresh and fabulous for longer.
No salon? No problem. It’s never been easier to keep your nails looking insta-perfect without leaving the house. And hey – while you’re away from the office – why not go a little wild and experiment with some bolder colours? Now’s your chance to have some fun and let your creativity run free! From bright blue to neon green, choose whatever takes your fancy.